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Welcome to John Burden’s Official Page

Horn player who performed at the Coronation and transcribed Paul McCartney’s hums into the brass part on Sgt Pepper’s title track.

John Burden was a distinguished horn player who enjoyed a successful career as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as being one of the most prolific film session artists of his era.

As principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra he appeared on celebrated recordings with Colin Davis, Josef Krips and Sir Malcolm Sargent, and also played at the Coronation in 1953.

Later his work ranged from the James Bond films to the West End, and he worked with artists as diverse as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie and The Beatles.

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